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Lagos vaccinates 484,761 girls against HPV

The Lagos State Primary Health Care Board says it administered Human Papillomavirus vaccines, HPV, to 484,761 girls between October and December 2023.

The Permanent Secretary of LSPHCB, Dr Ibrahim Mustafa, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos.

Mustafa noted that the girls were inoculated during the Phase 1 introduction of HPV vaccine through Multi-Age Campaign strategies targeting girls aged nine to 14 years in schools and communities.

According to him, the campaign suffered initial setbacks from misinformation and anti-vaccine campaigners, saying intensive public sensitisation and media advocacy changed behaviour and overcame vaccine hesitancy.

Mustafa stressed that though the national campaign had ended, the HPV vaccines were still available at PHCs for eligible girls.

He appealed to parents to avail their girls the opportunity of being inoculated, noting that the vaccine was free and delivers protection against HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer.

HPV is a viral infection that commonly causes skin or mucous membrane growths (warts). It is the most common sexually transmitted infection.

Speaking on efforts to reduce vaccine-preventable diseases, Mustafa said that immunisation was a cost-effective proven tool for controlling and eliminating life-threatening diseases.

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